Abbreviation Help, Please

  1. I wonder if you nurses could help me with a couple of abbreviations, please. I just got my patient assignment today for clinical tomorrow (I'm a Freshman RN student). It's a 32 y/o pregnant woman (15 wks. gestation) who has Gastroparesis and Right Upper Extremity Thrombus. On the "Other Info," it says 1800 cal ADA diet, IV Heparin drip, and FHT checks. I looked in my Medical Terminolgy book for ADA and it wasn't listed, and it said FHT was Fetal Heart Tone. Is this what it would be in her case? And what is ADA?
    I sure would appreciate any help you all could offer.
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Ashera
    American Diabetes Association - ADA
    This is a recommended diet - like 1800 calories, or 2200 calaries when BS - blood sugar - needs to be controlled or watched.

    Hope this helps!

    Pam
  4. by   BSN2004NSU
    Hi Dixen,

    Yes, in her case it would be Fetal Heart Tones (FHT). Because she is pregnant, it is very important that you monitor the fetus status by listening to the fetal heart tones. Good Luck! I just finished that rotation today, so if you have anymore questions just ask!

    BSN2004NSU
  5. by   Dixen81
    Thank you both soooo much! I feel so stupid; I should have known ADA!
    I didn't know fetal heart tones could be monitored so early. That's neat.
    Again, thanks so much!
  6. by   Dixen81
    Quote from BSN2004NSU
    Hi Dixen,

    Yes, in her case it would be Fetal Heart Tones (FHT). Because she is pregnant, it is very important that you monitor the fetus status by listening to the fetal heart tones. Good Luck! I just finished that rotation today, so if you have anymore questions just ask!

    BSN2004NSU
    BTW, Congratulations!!! Do you get summer break now?
  7. by   Shed13911
    I worked for an OB doc for a few months and we were able to hear fetal heart tones as early as 10 weeks gestation. It seems amazing but I would be able to find them. It is a wonderful sound and brings such joy know that a new little life is about to begin!! Good luck in your studies!!!
  8. by   Dixen81
    Wow! That is so neat! I hope I get to hear it today!
    Thanks for the good wishes!
    Have a great day!

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